Contents tagged with turkey

  • Turkey considers buying Su-35 fighters from Russia

    After purchasing S-400 “Triumph” aerial defense systems from Russia, Ankara is now investigating the possibility of buying Russian Su-35 fighters for the Turkish Air Force now that Turkey’s membership in the American F-35 program has been suspended, the Turkish news outlet Yeni Safak writes.

    According to the news outlet’s sources, the military officials responsible for rearming the Turkish Air Force have asked the Defense Ministry to consider Russia’s offer to sell Turkey Su-35s. If the …

  • Ukraine and Turkey establish joint arms production company

    Ukraine and Turkey have established a joint corporation for producing precision weaponry and aerospace technologies, the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine reports.

    In particular, a contract has been signed between Ukraine’s UkrSpetsExport and Turkey’s Baykar Defence.

    The primary purpose of the joint enterprise is to unify the capabilities of the two countries’ defense industries in order to serially produce new, modern weapons for their armies.

    “One of the first …

  • Turkey refuses to recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia

    During a meeting with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Turkish President Recep Erdoğan said that Turkey has no plans to recognize the annexation of Crimea to Russia, reports RIA Novosti news agency.

    Erdoğan assured that Ankara will always support the independence of Ukraine and "will never recognize the annexation of Crimea." Also, the Turkish President promised to protect the rights of the Crimean Tatars.

    Earlier, the representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky to meet with Erdogan and Patriarch Bartholomew in Turkey

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will visit Turkey on August 7-8, reports the website of the Ukrainian President.

    During the visit, Zelensky will meet with Turkish President Recep Erdoğan in Ankara, as well as representatives of the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar communities.

    Zelensky will also meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Istanbul.

    In April, the Ukrainian President and his family said that they spent in Turkey "their first weekend in the last four months."

  • Russian S-400 missiles systems acquired by Turkey will not be integrated into NATO air defense system

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Alliance has no plans to integrate Russian s-400 missile systems purchased by Turkey into its missile defense system.

    The Alliance has repeatedly stated that the S-400 is incompatible with NATO's air and missile systems.

    "Our answer is no. There are no plans to integrate Russian S-400 systems into a single anti-aircraft and anti-missile system," Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels.

    Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said …

  • Russia demands that Turkey complies with Syrian agreements

    The head of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria, Major General Alexei Bakin said that Russia expects Turkey to fully comply with the agreements on the withdrawal of troops and weapons from the demilitarized zone in response to the initiative of the Syrian authorities on a complete ceasefire in the de-escalation zone in Idlib, reports TASS news agency.

    "We expect the Turkish side to fully implement the Sochi agreements within 24 hours in response to the Syrian …

  • Russia starts supplying S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to Turkey

    On Friday, July 12, Russia began to supply S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile systems to Turkey, which is a member of NATO, reports the Turkish news agency Anadolu.

    "As part of the agreement on the supply of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems to Turkey, the first batch of components for the S-400 were delivered to the Mürted Airfield Command in Ankara province on July 12, 2019," reads the statement of the Turkish Ministry of National Defense.

    The contract between Russia and Turkey for the …

  • Turkey ready to transport Azerbaijani gas to EU

    All of the transport infrastructure for the Southern Gas Corridor in Turkey has become operational. From 2020, the corridor will enable Azerbaijan to supply Europe with gas without going through Russia. The Azerbaijani state oil and gas company Socar announced on 1 July that the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) is completely ready to supply Europe with gas from the giant Shah Deniz 2 deposit in the Caspian Sea.

    The 1,850 km long pipeline will receive gas entering Azerbajian through …

  • Turkey deploys special forces to Syrian border

    On June 28, Turkey announced  that it is deploying special forces and military equipment to the border with Syria. According to the Anadolu news agency, a convoy of armored vehicles and SWAT teams arrived in the Reyhanlı and Kırıkhan districts in the Hatay Province near the border.

    Also, the Turkish Ministry of Defense reported that it carried out an "effective strike" on the positions of the Syrian national army, controlled by President Bashar al-Assad. According to Turkey, Syrian army uses …

  • Erdogan: Russian S-400 air defense systems to start arriving early July

    Russia will begin to ship the S-400 anti-air missile systems to Turkey in the first half of July, Turkish President Recep Erdogan told reporters.

    “We have discussed the topic of the S-400s with Russia, and it’s a done deal. We don’t see any problems. I think that the shipments will start in the first half of July,” said the Turkish president, as cited by TASS.

    Erdogan emphasized once again that Turkey does not plan to call off the deal.

    “In the context of the loan, Russia has granted us …